I have always wanted a good quality cabinet makers table saw but dont want to fork out the cash to purchase one. I have made due with my small contractors saw for the last few years and decided now is a good time to retrofit this small saw. I plan to build a large frame around this existing table to increase its ability to cut larger sheet goods, and also give it a mounting system for a proper biesemeyer fence.
The whole build from start to finish has been documented with both video and pictures. Enjoy!
Step 1: Subframe
The start of the saw station is with the build up of the subframe. The entire subframe is built up from 2x4 lumber. It its important when designing to take into account the actual dimensions of the lumber you are using. For the most part a 2x4 stud will actually measure ~0.5" shorter in both axis. You can also get variances in sized depending on the drying process (not all of my 2x4 lumber was from the same batch, and as such there is differences in size...all easily designed around so long as you expect it).
A square will make your life MUCH easier when building big boxes like this. Cheap adjustable squares are usually just that, cheap and not square. A set of machinist squares are the best but the next best thing at a fraction of the cost are 1 piece framing squares. Even the cheap ones seem to hold a good tolerance thru their length.